Music, Prayer, Meditation, Candlelight, Silence, and Labyrinth Walking
Wednesday, March 6, 7 – 8 pm
Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent for many in the Christian church. The forty days begins with the imposition of ashes on the foreheads of the faithful. For many, it is deeply moving to reclaim this powerful ancient ceremony.
During the service, we will listen to and join in singing Taize chants, a form of meditative chant and silence, to quiet the mind, open the heart and feed the soul… time of quiet and solitude in the presence of God. A few words sung over and over again reinforce the meditative quality of prayer.
Leaders for the Evening:
You are welcome, whoever you are and wherever you are on your life’s journey.
The public vigil will be held from 7-8 pm at Skyline Church, 12540 Skyline Blvd, Oakland CA.
This is a devastating loss to our community and our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected, victims, survivors, families, Oakland’s Fire and Police depts., and the Alameda County’s Sheriff’s office. Our prayers remain with the loved ones of the victims and the Oakland arts community.
Voluntary donations will go to support the relief efforts for those impacted by the fire. Taizé Prayer is simply sung prayer, consisting of the repetition of simple chants. The experience of singing these chants can take us to that deep inner place that longs for communion with God. The service is comprised of meditative chanting, Scripture, spoken prayers, and silence.
Leading the event is Rev. Laurie Manning, Pastor of Skyline and Benjamin Mertz, Music director of Skyline.
All are invited to come together to share in God’s loving guidance.
September 23, 2015:
Two Interfaith Vigils for the Climate & for Pope Francis’ Speech to Congress
As Pope Francis prepares to speak to the US Congress on September 24 about climate change, interfaith vigils are being held across the country. Skyline United Church of Christ, joined by members of other East Bay congregations concerned about the climate crisis, will host two interfaith prayer services for the climate – one in the morning and one in the evening.
WHEN: SUNRISE at 6:30 a.m. & SUNSET at 6:30 p.m (duration approx 45 min each)
12540 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619
Skyline UCC’s distinctively beautiful sanctuary will be the setting for prayers, meditation and music giving thanks for our common home, the Earth; and renewing our collective commitment to addressing climate change and repairing our broken world as a moral issue.
This vigil is being planned by California Interfaith Power & Light’s new Alameda County Interfaith Working Group.
Alameda County Interfaith Working Group started in June this year. Different faith traditions gathered to form an East Bay California Interfaith Power and Light Working Group. In July and August the team hosted, at different houses of worship in Alameda County, an interfaith study group of Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change.
Skyline Church UCC is a community faithful to the teachings of Jesus Christ. We acknowledge the worth of all beings. We invite all who wish to enter our Sanctuary and the full life of our church family. Ours is a God of justice and compassion, and our church lives in covenant with God to do its utmost to pursue justice and compassion, as an Open and Affirming congregation.
Additional information may be found at www.skylineucc.org, http://interfaithpower.org/get-involved-3/alameda-interfaith-climate-action-network-east-bay-working-group/, and http://interfaithpower.org/.
Because bus service is limited, if you can offer, or need a ride, contact Heather MacLeod 510-459-3452 email@example.com.
Thanks to everyone who joined us to celebrate good weather, good food, and great company, last Sunday at our picnic potluck celebration. Special thanks to Marilyn Shaw for her leadership!
There’s something so beautiful, so biblical, so communal about sharing our food together, when we share so much more than just food together. We exchange recipes, and stories, we sit outside and behold the beauty of the earth, and appreciate the preciousness of springtime, we’re inspired to laugh and play, like children do. We share our common lives and our humanity.
Unlike the rest of the world’s democracies the United States doesn’t celebrate May Day as an official national holiday.
But outside the U.S., May 1 is International Workers’ Day, observed with speeches, rallies and demonstrations. This year, millions of workers in Europe, Asia and Latin America will be taking to the streets to demand higher wages, better benefits and improved working conditions. In Bangladesh, for example, protestors will be in the streets to demand that global companies like Walmart improve safety standards in local sweatshops.
Here in San Francisco and Oakland the local chapter of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union has vowed to shut down the two ports this Friday, May 1, to protest police brutality.
May we each find ways to expand the vision of breaking bread together and to create a society in which the basic human rights of all workers, locally and globally, are honored for they are our sisters and brothers.
I’d like to share with you a prayer in honor of all Immigrants:
A PRAYER FOR IMMIGRANTS
Source of Life who is known by many names;
Over-turner and illuminator of hearts;
We gather with gratitude for the earth and all who journey in it.
We are give thanks for the interconnectedness of all creation.
Support for those without support;
Stronghold of those without protection;
We declare openly the times we have fallen short
From living out the call to justice our sacred stories place upon us;
From recognizing the whole of creation as an extension of our being;
From hearing the plight of the creation yearning for justice;
From seeing the harm our way of life and our policies inflict upon the creation
Jesus, carpenter of Nazareth, asks: What is the greatest commandment?
To love your creator;
To love your neighbor;
To undermine oppressive powers with life-giving actions;
To be in solidarity with all who suffer;
To act for justice;
And to teach others to act for justice
Let us not forget.
Source of Justice who is known by many names;
Let us not swerve from the path of righteousness that leads to just and equitable relationship.
Open our eyes that we may see the immigrant and undocumented;
Whose labor enables and sustains our living;
The farm worker, the hotel maid, the line cook, the childcare provider; the healthcare worker;
Give us the courage to stand with those crossing our borders;
Escaping economic oppression and political persecution;
Seeking work to support their families;
Aspiring to participate in the bounty of the creation;
Give us the strength to confront the prejudice and intolerance of those who are fearful;
And respond by closing our borders to those who sojourn seeking life and opportunity;
Give us the will to leave behind the safety of our sanctuaries and temples;
And claim our place in the movement to transform the creation;
That our voice, our heart, our spirit will join the voice, heart and spirit of all who
demand to live with respect, justice and peace.
Source of Direction who is known by many names;
In our daily living let us be guided;
By the highest estimate of the worth and dignity of every person regardless of their legal status;
And let us not forget;
That the creation is founded on justice;
And that we have the moral responsibility to bring forth justice into these times.